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i'm chris wallace. 15 years after 9/11 we'll examine the security of our homeland. are americans more or less safe? and how is it shaping the trump/clinton campaign? ♪ ♪ as we pause to remember one of the darkest days in our nation's history, we get an assessment of future threats. >> you cannot eliminate all risk. whether it is a terrorist attack or a mass shooting. >> today secretary of homeland security jeh johnson on keeping america safe. then a debate between former house speaker newt gingrich, trump advisor and a clinton backer on which candidate is better equipped to be commander
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in chief. plus, is russia trying to disrupt the u.s. elections? >> we will not ignore attempts to interfere with our democratic processes. >> we'll ask our sunday panel what could happen in november. and our power player of the week, nfl quarterback kirk cousins playing for a lot more than winning games. >> god wired me to be a leader and to want to impact people. >> all right now on "fox news sunday." and hello again from fox news in washington. today marks 15 years since the worst terror attack on u.s. soil. once again we pause to reflect on those who died and in less than two months we go to the polls to choose our next commander in chief. in a moment we'll speak with secretary of homeland security jeh johnson about the threat the nation faces now, but first we take you to ground zero in manhattan where family members are reading the names of the
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almost 3,000 people who lost their lives that terrible day. they're about to mark the moment when the second plane hit the world trade center's south tower. >> craig michael blass. >> vitablaus. >> michael ba card did i. >> john paul bottinno. >> michael l.bottino. >> susan m.bottino. >> vieira francis bodily. >> bruce douglas boehm. >> mary katherine murphy bolka. >> nicholas andrew bogden. >> darryn christopher bohan. >> lawrence francis bodeau. >> vincent m.bolan jr. >> tori balarky. >> alan bondarenko.
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>> andre benar jr. >> collin arthur bonnet. >> frank j.bonamo. >> yvon bonomo. >> sean booker sr. [ bells chiming.]
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>> can field d. -- >> earlier i spoke with secretary of homeland security jeh johnson about the threats we still face 15 years after 9/11. secretary johnson, thank you for talking with us. on this 15th anniversary of 9/11, how would you characterize the threat to the u.s. homeland right now? >> chris, we are stronger against another 9/11 style terrorist directed attack over seas. our government has become pretty good at deteching something hatched from overseas, launched overseas. our intelligence community is pretty good at picking that up. where we're challenged, however,
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is with the lone wolf style attack. the self-radicalized actor. terrorist organizations have the ability to into our home and through the internet and recruit and inspire. that's a relatively new environment and requires a whole of government response. >> i want to try, if i can, sir, to break down the threat, and let me put a couple of things up on the screen. terrorists now have a greater safe haven in isis than they've had any time since 9/11. the fbi says there are more than 900 active investigations against lone wolves and other suspects in all 50 states. a test last year found tsa screeners missed weapons 95% of the time. last year almost 500,000 people overstayed their visas and the number of african and asian migrants trying to cross the border is rising. secretary johnson, i don't have to tell you those are all
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serious holes in our national safety net. >> a couple of things, chris. first, our u.s. military, along with our international partners, as we speak, is taking back territory from isol in iraq/syria. we've taken out a number of the leaders, those focused on external attacks. you're correct to note the number of open pending investigations by the fbi here in the homeland. the fbi's become pretty good when it comes to their counter terrorism capability detecting these types of things. aviation security, tsa is actually stronger now in my view than it was a year ago after those horrible i.g. test results. as you know, we've replaced the tsa, hired a new one, pete neffenger. we were challenged earlier this summer. we're investing in more aviation security tech nonology and tsos.
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in terse of the southwest 3w0irder i just recently asked for them to focus on immigrants coming illegally from other hemispheres from the middle east, protect them, block them before they get to the homeland working with governments in south america, central america to prevent that from happening. you're correct we're seeing illegal migrants coming from africa, coming from the middle east. and we're doubling down on that happening before they reach the southwest border. >> so bottom line, is the threat we face now worse or less serious than during 9/11 because the chairman of the 9/11 commission, tom keane and lee hamilton, say they think it's worse. >> we're stronger when it comes to preventing against a 9/11 style attack. we very plainly have a serious threat environment when it comes
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to the lone wolf actor, those who self-radicalize. that's a relatively new phenomenon that we've got to protect against. the public can play a role. a lot of people are working hard to protect against it. it's still here and will be here for a while, chris. >> i want to turn to russian hacking into our political system, democratic party files, and at least two states, arizona and illinois. do you believe that the russians are trying to undermine confidence in our democratic processes and what is the possibility that they could actually disrupt the vote count in november? >> first, there's an open investigation into the dnc hack, into various intrusions that we've seen into state election systems. it would be pretty hard, chris,
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to alter a ballot count, alter how we tabulate votes in this country in part because the system is so decentralized. there are 9,000 jurisdictions involved in the process. i've been sending the message that my department, our cyber security experts, are in a position to help them further secure their presence on the internet where it exists. we're in the midst of having that conversation literally right now. so we're going to keep at that between now and november 8th and beyond. >> mr. secretary, does it bother you when you hear a major american political figure say that vladimir putin is more of a leader than president obama? >> well, chris, i don't comment on what the political candidates say this election season. i think we have to be extremely careful, however, in what we say
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about foreign leaders, republicans and democrats on both sides of the aisle have a lot of concerns about what vladimir putin is up to, so i think we need to be careful in our rhetoric, and that's -- that's a non-partisan bipartisan statement, chris. >> let me ask you about another non-partisan bipartisan issue. in july of last year you stopped using your government computer for personal e-mails and you banned all homeland security officials from doing the same. question. why? >> well, accessing your personal e-mail online on a desktop at work is not a cyber security best practice. and so in homeland security, certainly in the leadership of homeland security we've got to set the example. we've got to be a model in terms of best practices. >> doubront if your material --
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material you receive is classified whether or not it's marked, whether or not there's a header? do you know simply from the content and do you feel an obligation to protect classified material regardless of the marking? >> well, i certainly feel an obligation to protect classified material regardless of the marking. from my department of defense days i think i can recognize it. in fact, very often when i'm in a skiff talking with my people i question whether something has been correctly classified based upon what i'm reading, based upon the subject of what i'm reading. classified material should be on a wholly separate system, separate and apart from the unclassified daily e-mail traffic that we see on our official networks. >> finally, sir, you were a lawyer working in new york city on 9/11. in fact, it turns out that this
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is your birthday. i wonder, what is your central memory from that terrible day and how does it shape the way you approach your job as the secretary of homeland security? >> well, thanks for asking. i was a lawyer in private law practice here in manhattan on 9/11, 2001. i had just left the pentagon nine months earlier as general practice for the airport. first of all, everyone recalls how beautiful a day that was. i recall a real feeling of guilt that i had left public service. i wanted to be back at the pentagon where it was going to be all hands on deck. i remember coming down to a street to give them blood. you were either dead or you escaped. chris, i've dedicated myself over the last nearly eight years now in defense and homeland security to addressing the
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homeland security threats, making us safer and improving our national security. thanks for asking. >> mr. secretary, thank you for talking with us what i know is for all of us a very difficult day. thank you, sir. >> thank you, sir. up next, hillary clinton and donald trump clash over national security. we'll bring in our sunday group to discuss the threats one of them will face as commander in chief. plus, what would you like to ask the panel about how safe the nation is 15 years after 9/11? just go to facebook or twitter @foxnewssunday. we may use your question on the air. (announcer vo) who says your desk phone
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a live look at the pentagon where a crowd is now gathering to remember the 189 people who lost their lives there on september 11th. and it's time now for our sunday group. syndicated columnist george well, juan williams, julie pace who covers the white house and the campaign for the associated press. and washington examiner contributor lisa booth. george, there's so much more security in this country now than there was 15 years ago but the threat has also grown. bottom line, are we safer? >> i think we're probably safer from terrorism. there's an asterisk. i'll come back to that. for several reasons, the war
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began badly. then we begin to learn. and we've done a lot of learning about terrorism and as the secretary just stressed, we've made technological advancements. some of which we know, some of which we don't know. i think the world at large is less safe because the threat has metastasized and particularly because europe, with unassimilated communities of immigrants, is just proximate, more proximate to the caliphate, the isis caliphate than it was. that said, it seems to me america today is measurably less safe than it was 15 years ago for a number of reasons. putin is ram pant on russia dismantling the european nation threatening the balance particular states which are nato members. china is extremely aggressive which can be a threat at any point. north korea launches a missile that will some day soon be able
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to reach chicago. iran is another regime we cannot read but are right to be worried about. the world is more ominous. >> we asked you for questions for the panel on this particular subject. we got this on facebook from paul wascoulgian. fascinating. i was in the world trade center for the bombing in 1993 and then again in the world financial center for the attacks on 9/11. the harsh reality is since 1993 not much has changed, juan. how do you answer paul? >> i think a lot has changed. some of the obvious things are obviously creation of the department of homeland security. you just heard chris's interview with secretary jeh johnson. homeland security is i think the third largest agency in government. trillions know that experience. what paul's talking about, chris, is something that's reflected in the poll, 30
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million americans think terrorists have more ability to attack us now than in 2001. you see this in our politics. politicians going for fear, concern, anxiety in their thinking. this is particularly true among republicans. over half think there's more chance of an attack. only 1/3 of independents and democrats. i would just point out again to paul, we've had the patriot act. the government has the ability to look at e-mail messages, financial transactions. we have troops stationed. we've degraded al qaeda. we've degraded isis. all of these things you'd see in a math attacks. i think there's less a chance. what you heard a few moments ago from george will, that in turns of the lone wolf attack, coming in terms of a threat from putin and china, yes, there's reason to have some sleepless nights. >> well, i want to turn to that
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subject, particularly pow continue and the threat, and not necessarily the threat of terror but a different threat, and that is the threat of russian hacking of our american political system, both the democratic campaign organizations and apparently state electoral systems, at least in two states, arizona and illinois. julie, how seriously do they take this at the white house, the possibility that putin and the russians could be trying to disrupt our elections? what do they think putin is up to? >> i think they're taking it quite seriously. that's why you see them wait before they officially say this was russia. they want to make sure all the evidence is completeland and they have that all in hand. in terms of what they do, this is just such a complicated issue every time we deal with russia because one of your major tools is sanction. we're also trying to partner with russia in syria. you saw lavrov and kerry meeting over the last few days.
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the question of what russia is trying to do is fairly obvious. they are trying to create some sort of uncertainty in the election and in the process and ultimately in the results which if you -- >> to what end though? >> i don't know what end. i think the idea of creating chaos in american democracy might be the end because if you really think about this idea, no matter what happens in our electoral campaigns we generally are confident that the yom come is active and create just nervousness in the american population, maybe that is there end. >> i want to pick up on that with you, lisa, because the russians don't have to disrupt our elections if they just create doubt about the outcome, about the reliability of the vote count. they've kind of achieved their goal, haven't they? >> that's what they've done. this is russia attempting to flex its power and muscles in regards to cyber warfare and cyber attacks.
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secretary johnson had said he does not believe that russia could ultimately affect the outcome because the election outcome is so decentralized and vast. that being said, russia has been hacking eastern european banks prior. germany accused them of messing with them. russia is accused of knocking out power for 80,000 ukrainians. russia is the master of subversion and putin was a former kgb analyst. he knows that all too well. >> in ukraine in 2014, in fact, there was a russian effort to interrupt the electoral website before the presidential election. george, this effort would seem to be right out of the kremlin playbook. >> absolutely.
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i think it's quite right. what they want to say is we have our problems in russia. we have orderly elections. so orderly we know the outcome before we have the elections. there is something wrong with the systems. to demoralize the united states, that is, to get people to think they have a government that is somehow tainted, legitimacy compromised by inadequacies is an inordinate benefit. >> it's interesting because putin believed that the united states and specifically hillary clinton helped try to work against him when he was running for election. do you think this was pay back in some sense both to the united states and to clinton? >> i don't know. i don't know whether we did that. i hope we did that because he was an extremely dangerous man. i don't think mr. putin needs motive. >> you were nodding your head. >> i remember clearly in the early days of the obama
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administration, neyeta was coming having lunch. they were hoping that in russia the population would want that. that has proven not to be true. yeah, there was a real effort to try to create another power center in russia. >> we have to take a break. see you a little later. up next, hillary clinton and donald trump engage on national security, and we'll continue the debate with two top supporters. plus, what do you think? who would make a better commander in chief and why. let me know on @foxnewssunday and use #fns.
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>> your families love and miss you. today we honor your memory and life and the lives of all who lost that day. >> observances continue at ground zero in new york city on this 15th anniversary of 9/11. as family members read the names of the almost 3,000 people who were killed in four separate attacks. joining me now to discuss the new focus on national security, former speaker newt gingrich, one of trump's top advisors and clinton advocate congressman javier basara. welcome back. >> thank you. >> before we get to national security, i want to ask you both about remarks that clinton made at a fund-raiser in new york city on friday night. here she is. >> to just be grossly general lis stick, you could put half of
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trump's supporters into what i call the basket of deplorables, right? the racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic. you name. >> she says that half, half of trump's supporters are, quote, not america. your reaction. >> she said she was generalizing but since then she says she regrets the comment about half. there are some, i don't think that anyone denies there are people there who are deplorable. the white supremacists, david dukes of the world who are supporting donald trump. the great thing is there's one adult to say i regret a remark i
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made. but the more important thing is we never had a president who would be taking off from a position of hate and anger. i am a son of immigrants or women who are watching a candidate who has said deplorable things about women. i don't think what we want is someone who will get into office based on advocating, campaigning, and governing based on anger and hate. >> speaker gingrich, as the congressman mentioned, hillary clinton released a statement yesterday trying to clean this up. she says this, last night i was, quote, grossly general lis tick and that's never a good idea. i regret saying half. that was wrong. does that make it any better? >> no. hillary is beginning to fall apart. she comes out of a terrible national security debate. the left had to attack matt
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lauer. she then says isis is praying for trump to win. she turns with this grow tess being statement which any reasonable person would if you're talking about 47% dependent on government, she just made a statement in which she lumped together millions of americans. those i think that was a deliberate statement on her part. she wants to pick a fight, that's fine. let's get sheriff clark, he can debate her on racracism. let's get ben carson. he can debate her on racism. the left has for years used vicious comments to block the discussion in the inner city. this is the same. >> congressman, looking at the record, she has made this comment, not necessarily half, but talked about trump supporters being this basket of deplorables. it's a line she's used repeatedly. >> david duke, he's deplorable.
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the wheem sprite supremacists w supporting donald trump. they're deplorable. those who say anyone based on their religion should not be allowed to come to this country. they are deplorable. my father could not walk into a shop because of a sign that said no mexicans. he's american. we shouldn't have people who get elected to office based on campaigning on anger and hate. newt, accept that she said i regret those remarks. at least she's willing to say that. >> but let me tell you -- >> finish talking. >> donald trump has repeatedly, explicitly repudiated david duke. that's a fact. donald trump has issued statement after statement. he's been on television saying this. this idea that donald trump is secretly courting people, that's wrong. trump goes to a black church in detroit to talk about the failure of democratic party
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policies in the city. let's have a debate of the failure which leads to them yelling racist because if they can't smear trump -- >> gentlemen, i'm going to move on. >> he regrets that remark. >> they can keep talking. i will talk to you folks. let's turn to trump and his running mate and their continued support for russian president vladimir putin. here they are. >> it's a very different system. i don't happen to like the system, but certainly in that system he's been a leader, far more than our president has been a leader. >> i think it's inarguable that vladimir putin has been a stronger leader in his country than president obama has been in this country. >> we're talking about someone named putin who runs an oppressive regime, kills his opponents, invades other countries -- >> more effective. >> he said more of a leader.
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>> in achieving his goals. let's go back to this. >> he said he's been a leader far more than our president has been a leader. mike pence said vladimir putin has been a very strong leader in his country. >> he has been a very strong leader. george w. bush who said she got a button out of the hot tub. that was her opening. let's go to this week where secretary kerry is sitting down trying to work out a deal in syria with the russians. let's go to iran where this -- >> but you can't be comfortable with this continued praise of vladimir putin. >> i'm not comfortable or unputin. i don't think our efforts to say bad things -- it's been pathetic. red line on syria, it didn't work. red line on crimea, it didn't
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work. calling him names may not be the best strategy we have. >> let me bring you in, congressman bassara and respond that trump went on to rt, russian propaganda arm. here he is. >> tremendous dishon necessity. congressman, your reaction? >> how can you not feel uncomfortable with a candidate for president at the same time he admonishes our generals, he criticizes our troops and he shames the families of american soldiers. he's running for the president of the united states, not president of russia. to me, it's not just deplorable, it's, again, a sign of how he campaigns and why so much of what he does is deplorable. he seems to be kowtowing to
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putin more than getting americans to reframe him. >> come home. >> all of us at the table understand he appears on rt. >> he went on the larry king show. larry king has been an icon of american talk for 60 years. if larry king called up, oh, my god, this would help the russians, larry, old friend, of course i'll do your show. >> you don't think the russians allow that network to teleadvice anything people want, do you? >> i think it allows larry king. >> i want to move on to another subject. hillary clinton had yet another explanation this week for her mishandling of classified information on her private e-mail system. here is her latest defense and what fbi director comby had to say last july. classified has a header which
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says top secret, secret, confidential. none of the e-mails sent or received by me had such a header. >> even if information is not marked classified in an e-mail, participants who know it is still classified are still obligated to protect it. >> that's the fbi director saying it doesn't ma tefr whether it's classified. classified is classified. >> you want to be careful. i believe the secretary says numerous times that she regrets she used a plastic use the big binder. >> she was defending her actions by saying there wasn't a header. >> the reason she's not going to be prosecuted, chris, is because the fbi said she didn't --
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>> would you agree with the header, we talked about this with second johnson, doesn't matter. >> i, too, have reviewed classified information. it typically has a very bolt and obvious header that says classified. what she is saying is the documents that may have passed along the way did the -- they agree there was not information that boldly -- >> no, he did not say that. he said she did not have criminal intent. he didn't say -- i want to bring this up to you because this is the classified nondisclosure agreement that secretary clinton signed just as she became secretary of state in january of 2009. here's what it says. classified information is marked or unmarked classified information including oral communication. i understand and accept that by
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being granted access to special confidence will be trusted. congressman, it's clear the marking, the header doesn't matter. it's the content that matters. >> if it's classified, it would have that marking on it. i don't believe there's any evidence that says that secretary clinton intended to disclose classified information. as she said, she understands it was a mistake and as colin powell had said, there are ways you use your e-mail that could become problematic and that's why you -- >> i'm sorry, speaker, i'm going to bring you in for one last subject and that is because trump's comments this week about u.s. generals and clinton's response. here it is. >> under the leadership of barack obama and hillary clinton, the generals have been reduced to rubble.
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they have been reduced to a point where it's embarrassing about our country. >> what would ronald reg began say about a republican general who surfed and in addition he thinks to think that he could replace them, as you well know, i suspect as we all know them. the, he could replace the chairman but there are generals up and down the line. >> i suspect he is reflecting the views of people like general flynn. i suspect he's reflecting the views of the 50 plus analysts at centcom who said they were explicitly giving you reports. there is a severe problem in the degree to which the obama
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administration is identifying this. eye you saw that in how to handle speaker ryan. the obama -- >> does that mean the generals are an embarrassment? >> i am very surprised that the centcom scandal in which a general officer who was coordinating his subordinates has not become a larger national scandal. >> i would love to consider this conversation with both of you. in fact, we'll have you both back to continue it. thank you for your time today. >> thanks, chris. when we come back, trump praises poutin and clinton defends her e-mail. our sunday panel returns to break it all down. ♪
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what i did learn is that our leadership, brak oarack obama, t follow what our experts said to do. >> i think what he said was totally inappropriate and undisciplined. i would never comment on any aspect of an intelligence briefing i received. >> donald trump giving a controversial look on his intelligence briefings and hillary clinton calling him out on that. let's start again with clinton's remark to a big fund-raiser in new york on friday. here she is. >> to just be grossly
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generalistic, you could put half of trump's supporters into what i call the basket of deplorables. right? the racists, sexists, homophobic, xenophobic, isl islamophobic. >> george, they have been scrambling to clean this up. they were referring to the people who attend trump rallies, not to the millions of people who voted. you're shaking your head already. how damaging is this? >> it's damaging for the following reasons. first of all, every young writer is told early on in his career, when you say something that really sounds fun, like basket of deplorables, when in doubt, take it out. it's probably going too far. beyond that, peter hart, a vastly known democratic supporter says the following.
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go back to every election starting with truman and dewey. the most likeable candidate wins. likability is what decides this thing. the country has decided she's not honest and it's not easy to change that. maybe they could make her not honest, not trustworthy but likeable. she goes to this event and she does something that's not right. it's like president obama talking about the people bitterly clinging to their guns and religion. 47% are takers, not makers, mitt romney. >> mitt romney. >> the problem is cultural in this country, not just economic. these people don't feel just left behind, they feel looked down upon, despised by their elit elites.
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that's much more economical. >> juan, i want to ask your opinion about this. mitt romney said 47% of americans want a handout. is this that bad. >> no, not at all. mitt romney made a mistake. something that's done two weeks before the first debate, i think she's sharpened the focus on who trump is and people who choose to associate with trump. when you realize and think about it, trump is not your normal conservative. >> but to say that half of his supporters. >> she said she was generalizing but the point and i think the point taken away from this, the republican point is the one about con ddecension. trump is trying to mainstream a lot of fringe groups, the birthers, racists. you look at the poll numbers. 35% of americans think trump is
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a racist. about 56% think he has negative attitudes towards women, immigrants and minorities. so for them to say that there are a b group of people who associate with trump who have deplorable views i don't think is that shocking. i think the question is how do they take hillary clinton. hillary clinton's democratic supporters aren't turned off by this at all. the question is about independents. i think independent minded republican, college educated women. how will they react? >> lisa, trump had his own problems this week as i discussed with our two guests before. he continues to praise vladimir putin. he said that america's generals have been reduced to rubble. is that helping him in his trying to get half the threshold as a potential commander in chief? >> no, it doesn't. look at the issue on a day like today, september 11th.
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donald trump polls well on taking it to isis. there is a narrative that hillary clinton is trying to drive about donald trump questioning his temperament, questioning his judgment more broadly on national security and ability to be commander in chief. i think when he says that on both those accounts it does play into that narrative that hillary clinton is driving. hillary clinton has to be able to say if you articulate and make that effectively, what we've seen is a candidate who's been on the defense for the past couple of weeks despite the fact shah she's been in the public eye, she's had media training, mock debate practice. this is a candidate who should be much stronger than she is. what we see from her is a weak candidate, whether the interview with matt lauer or the basket of deplorables comment. she's quite weak despite having decades of experience. >> to that point let's put up some polls which are fascinating because for all of trump's
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supposed problems, the polls continue to close. trump was down more than 4 points in florida a couple of weeks ago. he's now tied. in ohio he's moved from down 5 to down 1. and in pennsylvania, that's narrowed from a 9-point gap clinton advantage to 6 points. how worried are democrats that for all of trump's problems this race is close and getting closer? >> two basic lines of thinking from democrats right now. one is how can this race possibly be this close given that trump has insulted numerous groups of americans and said things like praising pout at this point and criticizing the generals that would disqualify most democratic candidates. most democrats look at 2012 where obama in the end won by a wide margin and the polls looked pretty similar. they go back to clinton's ground game. they say in a close race you
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have to give it to clinton because of her experience. >> why is trump still within striking distance and the race is tightening? >> first of all, mrs. clinton has a likability problem she can't solve. as you say, this could change very quickly. when ronald regan went to cleveland for his one debate against jimmy carter, they were essentially tied in the polls. a week later capitalized by the debates reagan won by a landslide. there could be a lot of movement. it makes the first debate all the more important. >> are you suggesting that if reagan -- if trump were to pass the commander in chief, you could see that kind of shift? >> i think you could if either candidate does something that changes the deplorable nature in both of them. >> do you agree with that? not much up for grabs? >> there's about 20%.
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the higher undecideds are higher in this race than they were in previous elections. part of that is people don't like trump or clinton very much and, remember, the media plays a role here, too. the media wants a horse race. i think lots of times that's why there was so much criticism of matt lauer and how he handled the debate. a lot of attention, chris wallace. >> wasn't any debate, it was an interview. last word, quick. >> but hillary clinton has her own vulnerabilities when it comes to judgment and being commander in chief. look at how she handles her private e-mail server, the failed russian reset, failed iranian deal as well. bill clinton getting speeches in russia and getting a personal phone call from putin. >> lots to cover. so much material, so little time. thank you, panel. see you next sunday. up next our power player of the week. washington redskins player kirk cousins talks about winning on
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today is the first sunday of the nfl season, and we want to introduce you to someone who's playing for a lot more than just trying to pile up victories on the field. here is our power player of the week. >> at the end of the day if you don't win football games, people aren't going to want to listen to what you have to say. football is the most important. we have to win on the field. when you do that, it sure opens the doors for some real impact
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to happen on the field. >> kirk cousins is quarterback of the washington redskins and he's hoping to turn victories on the field into visibility for a cause he's been backing for years. he was a teenager when a man named gary howgan came to his church. >> i remember in that moment as a 17-year-old said if god ever blesses me to have the finances to make a difference, that's an organization, that's a man i want to get behind. >> he's talking about the international justice mission that over the last 20 years has rescued 28,000 people from slavery and child sex trafficking from around the world. >> the little kids were on this boat and abused beyond imagination. >> kids like joshua in forced labor and elsa who's a survivor of sex trafficking. >> i.j.m. puts lawyers and investigators into the field to push local law enforcement to bust these rings. they've secured more than 1,000
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convictions, which brings us back to kirk cousins. >> you like that! you like that! >> after leading the redskins to their biggest comeback, the usually mild mannered quarterback had this outburst that caught on. t-shirt sales brought in $50,000 and rally towels for a playoff game raised another 30,000 that all went to i.j.m. >> i believe in the quote set yourself on fire and people will come for miles to watch you burn. in other words, when you live and play with passion, people want to see that. >> as cousins knows, his platform depends on winning. >> i played my senior year of high school football with no scholarship offers and had to prove myself to college recruiters at that point. that was pressure. last year i was playing in my fourth year knowing it was a make or break opportunity. that was pressure. so while there's pressure, it's nothing new. >> adding to that pressure, after their playoff run last
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season, cousins and the redskins could not agree on a long-term contract so he's playing under what's called the franchise tag. one year for $20 million. cousins wants to keep playing and keep supporting i.j.m. >> god wired me to be a leader, to want to impact people and i see this as a great opportunity to do that. it's a challenge every day. it can feel like a weight or responsibility at times, but what an honor and a privilege and i pray every day that the lord will help me to steward it well. >> cousins and the redskins start the season monday night when they take on the pittsburgh steelers. if you'd like to learn more about i.j.m. please visit our website, that's it for today. have a great week and we'll see you next "fox news sunday."
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